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America's Black-Ops Blackout

Nick Turse | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

For more than a month, I waited for answers. I called. I left messages. I emailed. I waited some more. I started to get the feeling that Special Operations Command didn't want me to know what its Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs and Delta Force commandos -- the men who operate in the hottest of hotspots and most remote locales around the world -- were doing.

U.S. Steps Up Military Deliveries To Iraq To Help Fight Against Al Qaeda

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equip...

Mental Health Ought to Matter More Than Uniforms

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

Far too many state and local governments fail chronically and miserably at addressing the mental health concerns of their citizens. The federal government needs to consider the serious consequences of underestimating the mental health crises facing our military and prison system today, and step it up.

Our Overseas Military: Yet Another Blue Christmas

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I hope that those such absences at Christmas time will be few and far between and that next Christmas -- or the Christmas thereafter -- when they listen to or sing the hauntingly beautiful words from "I'll be home for Christmas," it will finally not be "only in [their] dreams."

South Sudan: Will It Turn Into Another Somalia?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Two and a half million people died before South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011. But in just one week, fighting spread among former liberation leaders, thrusting the country into the cusp of a civil war.

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

America's Global Military Footprint, Seen From Above

empire.is | Josh Begley | Posted 12.14.2013 | World

How do you measure a military footprint? In people? Dollars? Space? This website is an ongoing attempt to map one aspect of that question -- by visual...

Not Quite as Titillating as 'The Handshake' or 'The Selfie' or...

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.11.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Military working dogs -- or dogs in general -- and young children seeing their military parents (sometimes for the first time) return home from military assignments are some of my favorite subjects.

Why Israel's Stance Could Help the Iran Deal Succeed

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Israel has made it clear that it is skeptical about the agreement and will not hesitate to attack Iran if necessary, and so on the face of it this might seem like a hindrance to peace being achieved. But when examined from a tactical perspective, Israel's stance may actually help the deal succeed.

World War II Mystery Finally Resolved, 2,300 Feet Below Water

Posted 12.03.2013 | World

After more than half a century, a mystery of military history has finally been resolved. Researchers at the University of Hawaii and the National ...

Military Kids at Higher Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

After more than a decade of living with the separations and uncertainties endemic to military life, many children from military families are paying the emotional and psychological costs.

Thanksgiving Is Over. Now What?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.29.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

If you are one of those who cannot wait until Christmas, whose noble instincts just keep tugging at your heart strings and whose good-deed-o-meter is in the red, here is a another opportunity to get it back in the green zone again.

What The Pentagon Means When It Says The U.S. Military Is 'Ready'

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by bu...

Helping Military Veterans Pursue Technical Ambitions

Sandy Marshall | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Sandy Marshall

Helping recruit, educate and employ military veterans should be a priority for the STEM community. This specific group of people are perhaps the most deserving of our support.

The DoD's Self-Inflicted Wound

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If the Department of Defense doesn't want to be dealing with situations like the one at the Air Force Academy all the time, then an Equal Opportunity (EO) policy covering sexual orientation needs to be put in place. At any time, President Obama could issue an executive order.

Army PR Strategist Steps Down After Wanting 'Average-Looking' Female Soldiers In Ads

AP | JOHN MILBURN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Pentagon officials said Friday that an Army colonel who wrote an internal email suggesting photos of attractive women should be ...

An Early Thanksgiving Message

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.24.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Wherever you are, there are plenty of lonely soldiers, sailors and airmen who would love to spend a few hours with you and your family sharing not only a home-cooked meal, but also enjoying the warmth, amity and, yes, the bitter-sweet memories of home, that such an occasion will bring.

Protecting Servicemembers at Home and Abroad

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

This month we celebrate Veterans Day and the remarkable men and women who protect our country. As we honor the service and the bravery they have shown in conflicts across the world, we should remember their challenges on the homefront as well.

Gillibrand: Military Deserves Better

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday failed to reach agreement on amendments to the military justice system, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N...

The Philippines Typhoon Disaster: Heartbreaking Numbers, Heartwarming Images

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dorian de Wind

The numbers vary, depending on the source, and they continue to change as more time goes by -- generally for the worse. But one thing does not change: the horror and the suffering these numbers represent.

The Military's Invaluable 'Soft' Power

Jane Harman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jane Harman

Our military's complete focus can't be overseeing rescue and recovery efforts after a typhoon. However, our extraordinary competence at staging disaster relief gives the U.S. the ability to show the world our better angels. It's a side that -- unfortunately -- many otherwise won't see.

U.S. Military Plans To Train Libyan Security Forces

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. military is working on plans to train 5,000 to 7,000 members of the Libyan security forces and also special ...

'Green News Report' - November 14, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S R...

This Is What Our Military Looks Like

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

There are 1.5 million men and women who are actively serving the United States in uniform, and veterans make up many times that number. The U.S. Arme...